Blackpool C19 Discretionary Grant Fund

Please note this scheme is now closed

Further support for Blackpool businesses is available as part of the Blackpool C19 Discretionary Grants Fund. Applications for financial support under this new grant scheme will be open to small businesses from Monday 1 June.   

The Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund was announced by the Government to support those businesses that were outside of the scope of previous schemes, including the Small Business Grants Fund and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants Fund.

Business owners who think they might be eligible for discretionary funding - likely to be those with property costs, but not directly responsible for business rates - to apply for a grant. The fund will provide support for:

  • Small and micro businesses, as defined in Section 33 Part 2 of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 and the Companies Act 2006.
  • Businesses with relatively high ongoing fixed property-related costs
  • Businesses that can demonstrate that they have suffered a significant fall in income due to the COVID-19 crisis
  • Businesses that occupy property, or part of a property, with a rateable value or annual rent or annual mortgage payments below £51,000.

The Government has provided broad guidelines on eligibility for the grants, and each application will be considered based on the agreed national and local criteria.

In Blackpool, the funding is aimed at small businesses with ongoing fixed property-related costs. These include: ·

  • Small businesses in shared workspaces
  • Regular market traders
  • Bed-and-breakfasts that pay council tax instead of business rates
  • Charity properties that would meet the criteria for Small Business Rates Relief   

There will be three levels of grant payments linked to property costs:

  • Property costs £5,000 or below - £2,500 grant
  • Property costs £5,001 - £9,999 - £5,000 grant
  • Property costs £10,000 +- £10,000 grant

FURTHER INFORMATION AND HOW TO APPLY

Full guidance on the grant and eligibility is contained in Grant Allocation Policy (CLICK HERE)

All applications must be made on the form which is available via the link below.

The form is designed to be as user friendly as possible. You need to complete this form in one session so please have all information to hand such as your business or charity ID, who your landlord is, your HMRC unique tax reference, VAT registration number and your bank account details. Please provide full information when completing the form as any gaps will delay the assessment of your application and, if eligible, any grant payments.

After you submit your application you will be asked to provide scanned copies of key documents including where relevant property leases and licences, business bank account statements and mortgage details. These are an important part of the application and please provide complete information as any gaps will delay the assessment of your application.

This scheme is now closed